March 2018 Staff Council Newsletter
Staff Council Seeking Volunteers
Staff Council is looking for enthusiastic board-appointed staff members to fill positions becoming available on Staff Council starting June 1, 2018.
Staff Council’s mission is to promote recognition, empowerment, advocacy and leadership necessary to create a professional, collegial environment and work experience for staff members employed at the University of Idaho. Our purpose is to study the issues, problems, welfare and working conditions for staff members, to advise on salary and promotion matters. We envision a safe, professional, collegial and equitable environment for all staff members.
Participants will be required to attend the Staff Council meeting every month, from 9-11 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the Paul Joyce Faculty Staff Lounge.
We are looking for all facets of board-appointed staff members (exempt, classified, off-campus and maintenance & skill craft positions) that want to make the University of Idaho a better place with a focus on our above mission and purpose. If you have additional questions or concerns regarding the details of serving on Staff Council, please contact either Patricia Baker ([email protected]) or Erika Crossland ([email protected]).
Once you have researched this opportunity and received the support of your supervisor, please .
Miki Kurosawa, U of I Boise Enrollment Coordinator
Kudos to Miki Kurosawa, U of I Boise enrollment coordinator, who is one of the five university recipients for the FIDA Program Summer 2018. Miki will be participating in a five-week session in German language, sustainability and European studies in Lüneburg, Germany this summer.
The FIDA program is designed to offer an international experience to faculty and staff with limited or no prior international experience. Preference is given to applicants with regular and direct contact with students. Recipients of FIDAs participate in a three- to five-week summer language and culture program at one of the University Studies Abroad Consortium sites around the world. For more information visit the FIDA program site.
Nominate an Outstanding Student Employee
The Outstanding Student Employee of the Year is a recognition program created for high performing student employees working for the University of Idaho. Direct supervisors from all departments at the Moscow campus, as well as all regional centers and U of I Extension, can nominate current student employees (undergraduate and graduate) to be recipients of the award. To be eligible, students must have a 3.00 (undergraduate) and 3.50 (graduate) cumulative GPA, be currently enrolled at U of I, and have been employed for at least three months to be considered for the award. Eligible student employees must also be currently employed and drawing U of I paychecks.
More information on the award and the nomination is on .
Graduate School 101
Is Graduate School in your future? Maybe it should be. Not quite sure how to proceed?
Get in the know before you apply! Join members of the College of Graduate Studies team along with other prospective students to learn the process of Grad School Admission and Grad Funding. We will talk about:
- do’s and don’ts
- funding options
- letters of recommendation
- departmental requirements and more.
Plus, facilitators will answer all your questions. This information will benefit you no matter where you plan to attend. It will be interactive, informative, and a good first step toward taking your future where you want it to be. There is no fee, just come and learn.
All sessions are in the Commons Clearwater Room.
- Wed. March 21 - 2-3 p.m.
- Thur. March 22 - 3-4 p.m.
- Fri. March 23 - 2-3 p.m.
Allen Taggart | U of I Assistant Professor and 4-H Extension Educator | Ada County Extension
Allen Taggart is thrilled to be joining U of I Ada County Extension 4-H program as the new Extension educator. A California native from Merced, he holds a bachelor’s degree from BYU and a master’s degree from Texas A&M University from the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, where he studied youth program quality and structuring experiences within Texas 4-H.
Allen first began working with 4-H as a volunteer club leader in Utah as a student in college. He has been a site coordinator for the Utah County 4-H Mentoring program and has also volunteered extensively with various youth organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America as a Cubmaster and Cub Scouts Den Leader. He is a certified NASP archery instructor.
Allen is inspired by 4-H’s commitment to “learn by doing” and getting kids outdoors, as well as by Richard Louv’s book “Last Child in the Woods.” He has a passion for positive youth development, creating memorable experiences, outdoor education, helping others through meaningful service, and building relationships of trust. He looks forward to implementing 4-H programs that meet the developmental needs of youth in Ada County. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and children, bird watching and rock climbing.
Alexis Clark | Hydrogeologist, IGS Department
Alexis Clark is the new hydrogeologist with the Idaho Geological Survey (IGS). Alexis will support IGS as the technical lead for hydrogeologic, geothermal energy and groundwater research. Previously, Alexis spent over 18 years conducting groundwater resource and environmental investigations as a consulting hydrogeologist. Her work focused on groundwater supply, water quality an water protection projects that emphasize field investigations, aquifer characterization, groundwater remediation and conceptual and numerical groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling. Alexis is originally from east-central Illinois and has lived and worked throughout the western U.S. before moving to Boise a few years ago. During her spare time, Alexis likes to hike, collect rocks and photograph landscapes. Alexis is very happy to be a part of IGS and the U of I and looks forward to her new role.
Yifan Liu | Confucius Institute Chinese Instructor
Yifan Liu is a U of I Confucius Institute Chinese Instructor. She spent last semester teaching Chinese on the Moscow campus and has now joined us in Boise to teach Chinese for Tourists and Mandarin III- V. She has been a great addition to the Confucius Institute team in Boise!
Lindsay Lodis | Communications Specialist, Rangeland Center
Lindsay Lodis comes to us from POWER Engineers, an Idaho-based national engineering and consulting firm. There, she supported the Facilities Division as a marketing and proposal development coordinator. Along with creating marketing collateral and coordinating proposals with multi-discipline engineering teams, she also spearheaded trade show logistics.
Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree in protected area management from Colorado State University, and master’s degrees in forest resources and communications from the University of Maine. She’s had many varied and seasonal positions – from interpretive ranger on the Oregon Coast to naturalist at an eco-tourism lodge in Peru. Her knowledge of natural resource management combined with her recent experiences as a communications coordinator make her a fit for the Rangeland Center.
In her spare time, Lindsay likes to hike, take dog walks with her 12-year old lab and 8-year old pit bull, go to concerts and read books.
Lachelle Smith | Program Manager for Idaho ECHO, WWAMI
Lachelle Smith is the program manager for Idaho ECHO. Prior to joining the WWAMI team, Lachelle was a special projects contractor for the public utility company in American Samoa. She previously managed a $1.5 million grant portfolio of AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps programs that focused primarily on meeting health and education needs in communities across Idaho. Lachelle taught elementary school music in Minnesota before earning a master’s in public policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Except for a two-year stint in the South Pacific, she has called Boise home since 2010.
Lachelle is passionate about social justice and routinely volunteers with organizations that support access to resources for underrepresented groups. She actively mentors a refugee family in Boise, and previously worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Indiana. She also taught high school in the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific, and worked at an underprivileged kids camp in Connecticut.
Lachelle loves to listen to podcasts, run in the foothills and travel.
Students Visit CDA Computer Science Department for a Day of Learning and Experience
Sandpoint High School students traveled to Coeur d’Alene to meet Baxter, whose home is in the Innovation Den at the University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene Computer Science Department. The students, who are enrolled in U of I’s dual-credit CS112 computer science class from SHS, toured the CS space where the teens saw demonstrations in robotics, 3D graphics and bipedal robots with human-like joints.
The trip was funded through a Panhandle Alliance for Education grant for students to explore college and career options and help students get excited about STEM opportunities, said Jeralyn Mire, SHS postsecondary counselor, who wrote the grant. A couple of private donors added to the trip as well.
If you know of a group who would like to tour the Computer Science Department in Coeur d’Alene, email Nicole Preece, Department Manager, at [email protected].
Experts on Tap kicked off at Innovation Den
The first of the Experts on Tap series kicked off at the Innovation Den. Professor Terry Grieb spoke about how artificial intelligence is reshaping the investment industry.
Experts on Tap Series features talks on research and passion projects of university experts from Moscow. Remaining experts include:
- Associate Professor Jodie Nicotra | Department of English | Discussing our perception of germs and relationships to them as a result
- Sally Machlis & Delphine Keim | Department of Art + Design | Discussing how artists can collaborate with scientists to give visual meaning and impact to a body of research, much like what they did with research on the humble aphid
Talks are free and hosted in various locations in Cd’A. To learn more about the topics, speakers and locations, go to .
Need workspace when visiting CDA?
If you’re in Coeur d’Alene and are in need of a place to make a call, have a meeting, or just catch up on emails, the Harbor Center has drop-in offices that can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a space, email Juli Anderson, Administrative Coordinator, at [email protected].
New Employees in Idaho Falls Eastern District Extension Office
Please join me in welcoming Sarah Ramirez as the new Eastern District Extension Office (Idaho Falls) full-time management assistant and Joyce Killpack as the part-time administrative assistant. Their first day was Monday, February 5.
Sarah comes from Los Angeles, California, having been a Program Coordinator within Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. Previously she worked within the Global Treasury department of World Vision International. Collective experience includes executive assistance, office management, operations and procedures and project management. She brings a personable and professional presence to the Idaho Falls Extension Office.
Joyce Killpack is originally from Kentucky and is a devoted University of Kentucky men’s basketball fan. March Madness is her favorite holiday season. She has worked for the past twenty-five years in the agricultural lending industry in Idaho and is excited to work with the educators and research staff of the U of I College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Chinese New Year Lunch
The Idaho Falls University Place students, faculty, and staff gathered together to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the year of The Dog, on Feb. 15, 2018. The lunch was sponsored by the University of Idaho, and several of the staff and faculty volunteered to help serve lunch. A good lunch and a good chance to gather together and enjoy each other’s company.